Robert Copia 2014 03 16 15 41

At age 62, I have been a smoker since 6th grade. It was a part of our culture. Since my aunt s passing in 2003, due to lung cancer caused by her smoking, I tried hard to quit. Nicotine gum helped me cut down but any kind of stress and I was back to compulsive smoking. I took the anti smoking drug ZYBAN for two days. It made me feel very strange. Three and one half years ago, I used my first e cig and I have been tobacco free ever since. My health has improved drastically. No coughing, The shortness of breath when climbing stairs is 90% gone. I still use the ecig and have no desire to use tobacco. I am considering going into the ecig business and I have started reading the ecig news. Banning, crackdowns, fears ,concerns, questions, gateway, fears, harming children is all that I read..
Hysteria over a personal nicotine vaporizer ??? A small lithium battery,( lithium batteries power cellphones, laptop computers, pacemakers equipment on jet airliners etc.,) heats an element that turns nicotine liquid ( consisting of nicotine the same as in the nicotine gum paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, and food grade flavorings, in a base of propylene glycol which is rated GRAS, generally regarded as safe) in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, section 184 1666, and is found in many food products, asthma inhalers, the anti smoking drug ZYBAN, toothpaste etc,) into vapor like your tea kettle.
I was awakened by the Bloomberg, 2/19/2014, article, GLAXO Memo Shows Drug Industry Lobbying on E Cigarettes . Glaxo Smith Kline is the 4th largest Pharma company and it sells nicotine gum, lozenges, patches inhalers and the anti smoking drug ZYBAN which I learned was actually the mind altering psychiatric drug Wellbutrin. I then went on to read the Forbes 7/2/2012, article, Feds Say Dr. Drew Was Paid by GLAXO TO Talk Up Antidepressant Forbes in included a link to the 72 page Justice Department complaint against GLAXO which involved the illegal, deceptive and fraudulent marketing of antidepressants to children and adolescents. through their Doctors.
New York Times 7?2/2012, GLAXO Agrees To Pay THREE BILLION Fraud Settlement ( and pleads guilty to criminal charges). after a ten year investigation started by whistle blowers .
The New York Times, 12/14/2013, The Selling of ADHD,( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) documents the depths that Pharma will go to sell their drugs to children and adolescents through their Doctors..
I once considered myself well informed but until reading this material, I had no idea of the actions of BIG PHARMA, which I consider the Crime of the Century I encourage you to read this material.
It is conceivable that the ecig could make nicotine gum, patches inhalers etc. and the mind altering psychiatric anti smoking drugs (GLAXO is working on a new one GSK598809) obsolete, or at minimum reduce the sales. Big Pharma and the politicians that do their bidding agree that this cannot be allowed.
Who is harmed by this? Those who are near hopelessly addicted to cigarettes and the thousands of dangerous chemicals they contain. This propaganda campaign by Big Pharma and the politicians that they control is simply meant to scare people especially the elderly and dissuade them from trying a personal nicotine vaporizer
Take the anti smoking drugs?? Read the black box warnings. Would you recommend them to your mother?

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Ban sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2000, doctors say – telegraph

European cigarettes? – cigarette forum & smokers community

Leading doctors have called for a ban on cigarette sales to those born after 2000 in a programme of “progressive prohibition” aimed at curbing smoking related deaths.

They urged the British Medical Association to lobby for a complete ban on the sale of cigarettes to anyone born in this century at the body s annual public health medicine conference.

Tim Crocker Buqu , a specialist registrar in public health medicine with the NHS, said “Humanity has never developed anything more deadly than the cigarette.

“The combination of its addictive power and devastating health effects combined with historical social norms and powerful advertising campaigns killed 100 million people in the 20th century.”

Dr Crocker Buqu said eight out of 10 smokers began smoking as teenagers and someone who began smoking at 15 was three times more likely to die from smoking related cancer than someone who started in their 20s. “This is a highly addictive product that kills 50 per cent of the users and it is so patently over the balance of harm that we must now work to prevent the next generation from falling into the nicotine trap,” he added.

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Mark Temple, a co chairman of the BMA s public health medicine committee, agreed, adding “If we prevent access to a group that is growing older through time then gradually we will stop easy access to tobacco products.”

But Ian Kennedy, another public health medicine registrar, questioned if banning cigarettes for a certain section of the population was a sustainable policy, and asked why 13 to 14 year olds were being targeted.